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Shelburne Falls Iron Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Doug Kerr in June 2008

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BH Photo #183370

Map 

Street Views 

Video 

Flooding During Hurricane Irene, 2011

Source: VickInABox

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Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss bridge over Deerfield River on Bridge Street in Buckland
Location
Shelburne Falls, Franklin County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1890; rehabilitated 1994
Builders
- Edward S. Shaw of Boston, Massachusetts (Engineer)
- R.F. Hawkins Iron Works of Springfield, Massachusetts (Fabricators)
- Vermont Construction Co. of St. Albans, Vermont (Contractors)
Design
Double intersection Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 102.7 ft.
Total length: 316.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.1 ft.
Recognition
Listed as a contributing resource to the Shelburne Falls Historic District
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.60366, -72.74070   (decimal degrees)
42°36'13" N, 72°44'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/685335/4719278 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Shelburne Falls
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
5,950
Inventory numbers
MA B28022 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19281 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 10 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 27, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel
  • March 29, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • August 10, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Riveted"
  • August 30, 2011: New Street View added by Ben Tate
  • August 30, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Corrected Name
  • August 30, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Locally known as the Bridge of Flowers
  • August 28, 2011: New video from Nathan Holth
  • October 25, 2010: New photos from Doug Kerr

Sources 

  • Doug Kerr
  • Nathan Holth
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • HAER MA-96 - Shelburne Falls Bridge Spanning the Deerfleld River on Bridge Street
  • Richard Doody
  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Iron Bridge
Posted June 10, 2020, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The Iron Bridge proves that even small heritage spans can become important to a town's culture. Another nonpolitical even is the annual Moonlight Madness held before Christmas. https://www.recorder.com/Streets-mobbed-for-Moonlight-Magic-...

Iron Bridge
Posted June 10, 2020, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

In 1993 a debate took place on whether to replace it or renovate it. Shelburne Falls favored saving it while Buckland across the river favored replacement. The tourist minded Shelburne Falls known for the nearby famous Bridge of Flowers fortunately won out.

The Iron Bridge has become a social center for the the town. The June 6, 2020 Black Lives Matter Demonstration was held on the bridge. See several slides in for photos of the event. https://www.recorder.com/We-are-here-for-justice-34649360

Iron Bridge
Posted June 10, 2020, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Recent social events. Community Break Bread Dinner held on span. https://www.recorder.com/b1-West-County-Notebook-shelburne-2...

Iron Bridge
Posted May 9, 2015, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This bridge appears to have been the location for several outdoor scenes of the Robert Downey, Jr. / Robert Duvall film "The Judge" from 2014.

Sorting Out Names
Posted August 30, 2011, by Nathan Holth

Sorry, the video I posted here has a misleading title. This bridge is locally known as the Iron Bridge. The video I added shows flood waters assaulting the Iron Bridge. The reason the video is titled Bridge of Flowers is because what you can't see in the video is a concrete arch bridge called Bridge of Flowers which is completely submerged under the floodwaters. For clarity, I have added the Bridge of Flowers to the website as well, since it was not listed before.